Naked Eyes on the Sky: Find & see Mercury

October 16 and a couple days before and after
are the best opportunity in all of 2015 to observe the planet Mercury. It will be visible
naked eye in the morning to the east, just above the horizon. To find it, start looking
about 45 minutes to an hour before local sunrise. Follow a line from Venus, through Jupiter,
down towards the horizon and JUST slightly south. While Mercury is technically brighter
than Mars which is right next to Jupiter right now – it may appear similarly bright due
to its location in the glow of morning twilight. But with careful observing, many observers
may be able to follow it for a half hour or more, when the Sun’s glare will overcome it
about 15 minutes before sunrise. For more information on how to find objects in the
night sky, visit


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